Dubai Municipality donates 5,000 used books to charity

DUBAI — The President of the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage, Juma Al Majid, recently honoured Dubai Municipality’s Waste Management Department in recognition of its efforts in implementing its Book Charity initiative.

5,000 used books were handed over to the centre to be distributed to charity. The centre will sort and classify the books enabling them to be enjoyed by underprivileged people both inside and outside the UAE.

“The Book Charity initiative is an affirmation of the key role played by organisational units in Dubai Municipality to promote values of community responsibility, and philanthropy. The initiative was launched in conjunction with the activities of the #Month of Reading, to be held in March each year,” said Abdulmajeed Sifai, Director of the Waste Management Department.

“The Month of Reading is a community initiative aimed at making maximum use of ‘abandoned’ books for charity distribution inside and outside the country with fruitful and constructive coordination with the Juma Al Majid Centre. Its fame has even spread globally as it has been contributing towards establishing the culture of philanthropy and promoting the values of community volunteering to donate used books of all types and categories to employees and the public,” he said.

“As for how to collect books, we have allocated boxes that allow employees and customers to donate their books in a number of locations including Dubai Municipality Centres at Al Twar, Al Kafaf, and Al Manara and in a number of Dubai Municipality public utilities. In addition to that, a number of educational and charity institutions like Mawakeb School and Dubai Charity Association participate in the initiative,” said Sifai.

He added that the Book Charity initiative will continue until the end of the year with the participation of many local government departments and private organisations.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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